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Wow, fucking shitty week for metal. Heartbreaking news, fam. I just learned on Acey Slade’s Facebook that another great has left us for the great gig in the sky. Shit, man. This feels unreal. RIP Joey Jordison. Numb with shock.

The original drummer and a founding member of Slipknot, has died. He was 46. Nobody played like that dude and with all due respect, no one can quite replicate him.

The heavy metal artist’s family announced Jordison died in his sleep on Monday, July 26. His cause of death was not disclosed.

“We are heartbroken to share the news that Joey Jordison, prolific drummer, musician and artist passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 26th, 2021,” they wrote in a statement.

“Joey’s death has left us with empty hearts and feelings of indescribable sorrow,” Jordison’s family continued. “To those that knew Joey, understood his quick wit, his gentle personality, giant heart and his love for all things family and music.

“The family of Joey have asked that friends, fans and media understandably respect our need for privacy and peace at this incredibly difficult time. The family will hold a private funeral service and asks the media and public to respect their wishes.”

Fucking crank this now. Right fucking now. Fuck!!

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Monday July 26th 2021 – In a show of force for the band and the loud music genre overall, Knotfest, the music and counterculture experience created by the multi-platinum sonic phenomenon Slipknot, has today announced the band’s biggest Los Angeles headline performance yet, Knotfest Los Angeles, at Banc of California Stadium on Friday November 5th. Knotfest Los Angeles will see Slipknot performing at this stadium for the first time, with a stacked line-up also including Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage, Fever 333, Code Orange and Vended, with a special guest appearance from Cherry Bombs. Check out the trailer below.

Described as ‘A Mind-Altering Collision of Music, Art and Culture’, Knotfest Los Angeles ticket holders will be able to sample Slipknot’s award-winning small batch Iowa whiskies at the No.9 Whiskey Bar, including a soon-to-be-announced surprise for fans. And for the beer drinkers, there’ll be a selection of metal-friendly and band-branded beers pouring at the Knotfest Beer Pit.

 

Knotfest Los Angeles, Knotfest Iowa, and the touring Knotfest Roadshow will all celebrate the 20th year of Slipknot’s iconic and groundbreaking #1 album, Iowa. Fans can expect a special capsule drop of commemorative Iowa-related merchandise, and music, video and other content from this pivotal era will roar to life as the tour and year progresses. This year’s Slipknot Museum, a staple at Knotfests the world over, will feature a jaw-dropping collection of items specifically from this (in)famous period in the band’s history. More details will follow in due course.

 

Tickets for Knotfest Los Angeles will be available on pre-sale to OT9 and Knotfest.com subscribers from 9am and 10am Pacific time respectively on July 27th, with a general on-sale from 10am Pacific on July 30th, over at KnotfestLosAngeles.com.
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Mighty Los Angeles-born, guitar-driven, heavy metal icons, ALCATRAZZ, announce the release of their fifth studio album, aptly titled V, which is set for release via Silver Lining Music on October 15th, 2021.

 

In advance of the release of V, ALCATRAZZ today unveils new single/video, “Sword Of Deliverance,” and as far as lead statements go, it’s one hell of a reminder that when ALCATRAZZ is firing on all cylinders with all guns blazing, they are a vital part of any metalhead’s day. And there is little doubt that ALCATRAZZ 2021, featuring Doogie White on vocals, founding members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea on keyboards and bass respectively, Mark Benquechea on drums, and Joe Stump on guitar, are the chemistry causing the musical fire.

 

“‘Sword Of Deliverance’ is a mighty, metal monument,” affirms White, “a call to arms for the ALCATRAZZ collective. Loud, proud, and ready!”

 

Produced by Giles Lavery and Jimmy Waldo, and mixed by Andy Haller (Elton John, Joe Cocker, System Of A Down), V also includes guest appearances from Saxon’s Nigel Glockler (drums on “Guardian Angel” and “Blackheart”), Tank’s Cliff Evans (bass on “Grace Of God”), and Donnie Van Stavern of Riot (bass on “Guardian Angel,” “Nightwatch,” and “Target”), underscoring how perennially popular ALCATRAZZ’s music remains with their peers. V stands for ALCATRAZZ’s fifth studio album of course… but it also stands just as resolutely for Victory; the victory that sees ALCATRAZZ 2021 stronger than ever despite all the odds.

V is available for preorder at THIS LOCATION.

 

V Track Listing:
1. Guardian Angel
2. Nightwatch
3. Sword Of Deliverance
4. Turn Of The Wheel
5. Blackheart
6. Grace Of God
7. Return To Nevermore
8. Target
9. Maybe Tomorrow
10. House Of Lies
11. Alice’s Eyes
12. Dark Day For My Soul

The Iron Maiden machine has gifted us with another future classic, the massive new song (and accompanying epic animated video) “The Writing On The Wall”. While I liked the band’s last few efforts, this single struck me as the most classic feeling number in awhile. No shade on The Book Of Souls or The Final Frontier intended, as both have plenty of rad moments like the galloping “Speed of Light” and larger than life, cinematic “Starblind”, to name two jams. But something about this new song just hit me like OLD Maiden. It is super easy to sing along with and has such an adventurous 80’s feel and a larger than life, grandiose video steeped in Maiden lore of (cough) Biblical proportions. I would kill for a whole record like this if the band has one more in them before the writing is, indeed, on the wall.

Bruce Dickinson conceived the video in conjunction with former Pixar executives Mark Andrews and Andrew Gordon. It was eventually produced with the London-based animation studio BlinkInk and does not fall short.

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ENFORCER announce departure of Tobias Lindqvist

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, July 14, 2021 at 1:51 PM (PST)
Sweden’s trad metal standouts ENFORCERhave announced the exit of Tobias Lindqvist. The band had great chemistry and hopefully everything is going to remain cool after this, but I have faith.
Says the band:

We regret to inform you that Tobias Lindqvist has decided to quit the band. We wish him good luck with whatever is next for him in his life.

 

”It has been a great twelve years and now it’s time for me to move on. I just want to take this opportunity to thank the band and the fans for hundreds and hundreds of fantastic shows around the world. It has been a blast! And the best of luck to Enforcer in the future!” -T

 

We, Enforcer, plan to continue according to plans with all recordings and single releases without letting this slow us down. When it comes to future shows, we will see how that will be working out once shows are possible again.
If you haven’t already, fucking crank total brain burner “Kiss Of Death” as loud as you can today!
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HORISONT release “Sheldon Churchyard” cover

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Friday, July 9, 2021 at 9:36 AM (PST)
Sweden’s HORISONT release a cover track and music video for Larry Jon Wilson’s “Sheldon Churchyard”, which was recorded during the band’s downtime. The song is available on all DSPs and fans can watch the video HERE.

 

“As big fans of country music we wanted to do a couple of songs that people might not expect from us. Still, we wanted them to sound like Horisont. So we set up at Let Them Swing Studio and hit the record button just to see where the songs took us. This is the result. Let Them Swing Studio is a recording studio in the countryside outside of Gothenburg, Sweden, owned and run by Kim and Malin. They rebuilt an old barn on their property and set it up for live recording. With no neighbors in sight, it’s an ideal place to make noise 24-7. A weekend mixed of relaxed creativity and fun,” states HORISONT about the new tracks.

 

Stay tuned for the release of the band’s next cover, which will be out soon. Both songs are not part of HORISONT’s last album Sudden Death, which was released in May 2020, and is available to stream/purchase HERE.
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ARMORED SAINT release “Lone Wolf” video

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 12:36 PM (PST)

Photo credit: Travis Shinn

The Armored Saint camp have released a video for new melodic hard rock tune “Lone Wolf”. Last October, Armored Saint released their eighth full-length, Punching The Sky, via Metal Blade Records. Today, the band has launched a new video for the album track, “Lone Wolf”.

Robert Graves comments: “With ‘Lone Wolf’, the band and I agreed right away that this was an opportunity to create a narrative driven video that would convey the song’s lyrical themes, while also creating an engaging visual experience. And so, a noir-styled heist in the heart of LA just seemed to fit the song perfectly. We decided to keep the story simple and allow the tone of the video to help convey the song’s significance. This gave us (the crew) the opportunity to create an aesthetic that intensified the song’s mood, while also getting some incredible action scenes to tell the story. Needless to say, Armored Saint fans are in for a ride. I think they’re gonna love it!”

Bassist Joey Vera adds: “Working again with director Robert Graves was incredible. Not only is this video great to watch, but underneath the storyline lies a layer of allegory, metaphor and symbolism. Kind of a first for us. John Bush’s great lyrics twist and turn into meanings not visible at first sight. It’s a view into a person’s journey through life and how they maneuver through it all and what they gain from that experience in the end. The neo-noir look Robert created in both the story and the band performances make this a great addition to the Armored Saint video catalogue.”

Vocalist John Bush adds: “Working with Robert is awesome. The guy is truly amazing. He’s gonna be a star.
This time we pushed the dialogue. It was challenging for me, but I had fun with it. For motivation, I tried to channel some of the great actors who come into the casting studio that my wife and I run.
‘Wolf’ tackles the view of people who spend a lot of time on their own. Something I spent years doing. The solitary individuals that always keep us guessing. This video is dedicated to them.”

That said, I am not sure I would trust Bush along on a heist anytime soon!

Armored Saint also have new merchandise – including a flannel long sleeve, ashtray, flask, lighter, license plate holder, and more! – available at: indiemerch.com/armoredsaint

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CREDIT: Marc Signer (Stardust Visuals)

Ok, let’s have some fun. Taking a break from being unsure how the hell the NBA finals are gonna play out anymore (kind of vibin’ with the Clippers lately, weirdly enough!) to promoting some metal for you goons! Summertime is here and it is time for some fun video fuckery! Entitled ‘FuVkery’ from now on (not to be confused with Cofvefe, ever) thanks to our new band of note…Defenver!

I guess this band was called Defender and changed the name to be more Korny? Not sure.

The Swiss post-hardcore outfit DEFENVER gives a shit about the enviroment and they think you should too. The band just dropped a music video for the third single off their sophomore album, Blank Bouquet, which will be released on July 16th. Shot at gorgeous botanical garden in Zurich, “Unsustainable” is a song about our relationship with the environment and plea to stop destroying it.

“The song deals with the struggle of overcoming our egocentricity and overthink our consumer behavior and the conviction that the only way forward is by moving together to a more sustainable lifestyle,” explains vocalist Kevin Zeier. “Earth is the Mother of all life that we know of. The failure to appreciate and sustain her will lead to our demise. In the video, we tried to bring the songs lyrics to life by having a women incarnating mother earth and being consumed by the parasites that represents our unsustainable and destructive lifestyle.”

I am all about bands singing more about the environment lately. And please stop fucking eating meat, everyone. We are facing such a fucked world if we don’t radically change our habits. I work at a gym overnights and it makes me think these douche jocks are more interested in vanity than health cuz literally no one recycles. No one will care about your gun show when we all die in a heap of plastic waste, asses!

Anyway, this “Unsustainable” song sounds very good on 11. Crank it!

Crypta! A “Dark Night Of The Soul” full band playthrough for you maniacs. Obviously one of the coolest releases of the year and a band fully capable of making their own mark regardless of how beloved their old projects already were. Crypta keep kicking total ass and making greater impressions on me and they all seem cool af. Luana has some of my favorite drum videos on Insta (and also Eloy from Sep , of course). Support everything this band does! Catch them with Deicide and Krisiun! FUCK!!! SICK TOUR.

Obviously a lot of you have probably seen the new Jinjer clip already since it premiered on the 17th and they are well on their way to being fucking huge. But let’s pretend I didn’t work my shitty night job and then sleep for two days unable to barely post anything and that we posted this promptly, ok!? “Vortex” sounds fucking great and Jinjer seem to be ever-shifting into weirder guitar patterns like some odd mix of Nu Metal and Deathcore flirting with fucking Gorguts and I am ALL FOR THAT FLIRT! Basically this is quite the genre tech mash in a very rad way. One of their best songs yet. Fucking dominant and amazing band I pray I get the chance to see live one of these days finally. This video is racking up views faster than you can say Tatiana Shmailyuk, Roman Ibramkhalilov, Eugene Abdiukhanov
and Vladislav Ulasevich!!! Hails!

 

 

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Black Label Society, Prong, Obituary tour announced

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Wednesday, June 9, 2021 at 8:25 PM (PST)

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY will indeed embark on a U.S. tour this fall. Support on the trek will come from OBITUARY and PRONG. As far as hot summer heavy tours go, it is gonna be hard to stop this certified town stomper. Nice to see an all veterans, all killer line-up like this!

Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 11 and the itinerary is as follows:

Oct. 01 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades
Oct. 02 – Ventura, CA – The Majestic Ventura Theater
Oct. 04 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory [Boise]
Oct. 05 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory [Spokane]
Oct. 07 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
Oct. 08 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
Oct. 12 – West Des Moines, IA – Val Air Ballroom
Oct. 13 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
Oct. 15 – Bowler, WI – North Star Mohican Casino Resort
Oct. 16 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave / Eagles Club
Oct. 17 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues Chicago
Oct. 18 – Minneapolis, MN – The Fillmore Minneapolis
Oct. 19 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
Oct. 21 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi
Oct. 22 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
Oct. 23 – Dothan, AL – The Plant
Oct. 24 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando
Oct. 26 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Revolution Live
Oct. 28 – Huntsville, AL – Mars Music Hall
Oct. 29 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Oct. 30 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
Oct. 31 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
Nov. 02 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
Nov. 04 – Worcester, MA – Worcester Palladium
Nov. 05 – Albany, NY – Empire Live
Nov. 06 – Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
Nov. 07 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
Nov. 09 – Hartford, CT – The Webster
Nov. 10 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theater
Nov. 11 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory
Nov. 13 – Sault Ste. Marie, MI – Kewadin Casinos – Sault Ste. Marie
Nov. 14 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
Nov. 15 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues Cleveland
Nov. 16 – Fort Wayne, IN – Piere’s
Nov. 18 – Oklahoma City, OK – Diamond Ballroom
Nov. 19 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theatre
Nov. 20 – Grand Prairie, TX – The Texas Trust CU Theatre
Nov. 21 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
Nov. 23 – Tucson, AZ – The Rialto Theatre/Tucson, Arizona
Nov. 24 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues Las Vegas
Nov. 26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Nov. 27 – Denver, CO – Summit Denver
Nov. 28 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater

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KARPENTER have released a ‘gameplay’ style humorous video for their Army Of Darkness inspires song “The Manor”. The animation is pretty darn good for a band I have never heard of and the music gives me strong quality In Flames vibes. Into it. Dueling guitars sound great in that bridge! This band needs to be on the radar of every melodic heavy metal fan.

The band adds:

“The Manor” is like an endless battle that brings many emotions to the table. We conceived it as a struggle to defend what’s most important to us, in an everlasting balance between win and loss, triumphant metal rides, and bitter melodic chords. “The Manor” is a hymn to revenge and it is set in a fictitious “dark era” that might evoke the Middle Ages. It sounds so powerful and punchy that we couldn’t prevent it from spreading so fiercely.”

“Sleepless” was recorded and mixed by Gabriele Ravaglia (Extrema) and Gianmarco Bambini at Fear Studio in Italy, and mastered by Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica, Fleshgod Apocalypse).

KARPENTER will be releasing their debut album “Sleepless” this coming May 2021 via Rockshots RecordsNamed in tribute to horror movie master John Carpenter, the alternative-metal band was formed in 2019 by former Fightcast members Filippo Tellerini, Francesco Vicini, and Marco Biondi, along with Federico Conti (Creep), Manuel Nucci and Michele Mingozzi (Figure of Six).

 

Z2 Comics, the leading publisher of music-inspired graphic novels, reveals this fall’s jewel in the crown of the “king” of heavy metal himself: the first-ever comic written by the one and only King Diamond. White Noise Studios scribe Dan Watters and October Faction artist Damien Worm team with The King himself for a chilling new version of the story of Miriam Natias and Jonathan LaFey and an inheritance far more terrifying than even the haunted mansion in which it’s discovered.

To celebrate this unprecedented pairing, Z2 Comics will offer an exclusive brand new Abigail graphic novel picture disc edition of this incredible album, featuring the front cover of the graphic novel, and on the back side, you will find both the original Abigail cover and an alternate cover painting by artist Torbjörn Jörgensen, available only with the deluxe and super deluxe graphic novel package, exclusively through the Z2 website, and available for pre-order now: https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond

“A graphic novel based on one of my stories is a dream come true for me. Working with a company like Z2 and the writer Dan Watters, and the graphic artist Damien Worm, is making this project the highest class one could wish for. Not just our own fans, but any fan of the horror genre, will enjoy the darkness and creepiness of this project. I simply can’t wait to personally be able to present this to you once we get closer to Halloween. Abigail has risen again.”

The haunting saga of King Diamond‘s Abigail brought to stunning and horrific life by Dan Watters, Damien Worm, and King Diamond himself! Adapting the storyline of one of heavy metal’s most celebrated concept albums, this new graphic novel will reward both longtime fans and horror hounds alike with a story made even more chilling in comic book form!

Publisher Josh Frankel says, King Diamond is as his name would imply, heavy metal royalty, and we are all his servants. I couldn’t be more honored to reward fans of comics and heavy music with what will most likely be one of the highlights of the year, and a high watermark for Z2’s direct artist collaborations overall.”

With 12 albums released as King Diamond, millions of albums sold worldwide, with over 175,000 of 1987’s Abigail in the US alone. The second album under the King Diamond banner, Abigail, is an undisputed classic and considered his true breakout release, setting the stage for over three decades of devoted fandom. With the new album announced, 2022 will truly mark “the return of the king.”

King Diamond‘s Abigail graphic novel will be released in standard softcover and hardcover editions in comic shops and bookstores alike, just in time for Halloween in October 2021, with special deluxe and super deluxe editions available for pre-order now only through the Z2 website (https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond), which include a special exclusive one-time variant cover vinyl edition in a strictly limited edition of 3,000 copies!

A very unique and sinister piece of dark art will be made available for pre-order, as a companion to the graphic novel on King Diamond‘s personal request. Details will be available on the Z2 website: https://z2comics.com/kingdiamond

Notorious West Coast rap metal crossover band BODY COUNT (at one point the most controversial act in music) have finally been recognized for their achievements in trolling cops, uniting Slayer appreciation with hardcore rap and scaring the crap out of parents everywhere. Actually, the rallying cry song “Bum-Rush” that Ice-T, Ernie C. and the boys won for is even more nuanced and talks about wealth accumulation by people that want to bring all the lower class people down (a theme that was also a big part of “No Lives Matter”).

As someone who wears a Body Count hat pretty often and who had Ice’s Rolling Stone cover where he was a cop on my wall as a kid, this is rad to see. The band paid respect to Riley and Power Trip who were also nominated, but in the end Body Count got the award and also won out over Code Orange, Poppy and In This Moment.

It was cool to see Fiona Apple win despite saying she would smash her Grammy’s with a sledgehammer and of course this Body Count win as well. Both actually stand for what they believe in and aren’t performative like Phoebe Bridgers (who I am very glad lost all her nominations as she acts woke but is on a very problematic label conglomerate Secretly Group and seemingly ignores it for personal industry access as well as how she has blocked survivors who critique her label and how her BFF Haley from Sloppy Jane threatened Globelamp for outing a Burger Records producer for sexual harassment). The Academy also nominated some wack “Tyson Trax” aka Dr Luke bullshit this year in a huge slap in the face for Ke$ha, who they pretended to care about a few years ago.

Yes, I know Body Count are not exactly a feminist band – but they certainly are way more authentic than some of the other artists up there. “Black Hoodie” should’ve won in the past, so this is another example of the Grammy’s playing catch up. Shit, “There Goes The Neighborhood” is one of the ballsiest and most iconic songs ever! Can we get a retroactive Grammy for that shit as well?!! It is still very cool to see. Pick up Carnivore today. Along with the powerful Lil Baby performance, this was a step in the right direction.

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Austin’s punk encrusted blackened deep fried hellhounds SKELETON were in our Top 12 of 2020 last year for the overall best records of that hellscape year we’d otherwise love to forget , so we are stoked to hear they also now have a quick surprise EP Demo out between full lengths!

Stream SKELETON’s Ordainment Of Divinity at THIS LOCATION.

 

Ordainment Of Divinity is available on digital and limited cassette formats. Find digital orders at THIS LOCATION and physical orders HERE.   

 

Ordainment Of Divinity Track Listing:
1. Opening Rites
2. I
3. II
4. III
5. IV

WAKE sign worldwide deal with Metal Blade Records

Posted by Morgan Y Evans - Walking Bombs on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10:06 AM (PST)

WAKE have signed officially to Metal Blade in what is certain to be an inspired collaboration. Devouring Ruin was a landmark moment and it is exciting to think of what type of full length will follow it up for the creatively insatiable Alberta band.

Since their formation in 2009, they’ve released numerous EPs and singles, plus five full-lengths – touring the world in support of it. Their upcoming sixth album is set to be recorded in July 2021 with producer Dave Otero (Cattle Decapitation, Archspire)].

WAKE comments: “All of us in WAKE have had a lot of regard both for Metal Blade and for the bands on its roster from any era. An endless stream of Metal Blade artists have been played in our van during any number of tours. For us, playing music has always been something that we’ve tried to do on our own terms and with our own vision. We’ve explored a lot of ground musically, and that was influenced by the history that Metal Blade was there to write. So, we’re very excited to say that we’ve joined up with Metal Blade. Expect a lot more noise from our camp in the near future.”

WAKE line-up:
Josh Bueckert – Drums
Arjun Gill – Guitars
Rob LaChance – Guitars
Kyle Ball – Vocals
Ryan Kennedy – Bass

Photo credit: Mike Wells

Today, American metal torchbearers Pounder stream the entirety of their highly anticipated second album, Breaking the World, at Decibel magazine’s website. Set for international release on January 29th via Shadow Kingdom Records, hear Pounder’s Breaking the World in its entirety exclusively HERE.

Heavy metal forever!